Development Officer (MR0095) McGill University Human Resources Canada

Development Officer (MR0095)




McGill University - Human Resources


Position Title:

Development Officer (COM2C)

Position Summary:


Under the general direction of the Director of Development, Faculty of Science, the incumbent is responsible for securing Special and Major Gifts ($25k-$99k) for the Faculty, developing and managing a portfolio of prospects, developing and building relationships with alumni around professional and social networks, and building and managing a network of fundraising volunteers.

Primary Responsibilities:


    Manage a personal portfolio of prospects and donors for the Faculty. Encourage and seek philanthropic support for McGill. Formulate, recommend and implement cultivation, engagement, solicitation and stewardship strategies to secure gifts from the prospects portfolio.

    Develop an in depth understanding of the Faculty’s key fundraising priorities and promote these priorities effectively to prospects.

    Identify, cultivate and solicit prospects capable of contributing gifts to Faculty and University priorities.

    Formulate, recommend and implement cultivation, engagement, solicitation and stewardship strategies to secure gifts from the prospects portfolio.

    Identify, recruit, train and manage a network of volunteers to assist with fundraising and alumni relations activities. Organize all schedules and follow-up communications to volunteers pre- and post- meetings. Maintain close communication and act as a Faculty liaison with volunteers.

    Participate actively in McGill University Advancements events as part of an integrated approach to prospect identification, cultivation and stewardship.

    Provide assistance and advice to the University community on all fundraising activities.

    Generate written materials associated with the fundraising process, such as proposals, stewardship reports and general correspondence. Ensure that all communications materials be vetted and approved by the Director of Development, Faculty of ** and/or the necessary University partners.

    Participate in Prospect Management System; file timely and appropriate contact reports, recording of proposals, etc.

    Work in close collaboration with colleagues in the McGill University Advancement Office and Faculty based fundraising operations.

    Undertake special projects as assigned.


Minimum Education & Experience:


Undergraduate degree


Three (3) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities:

Direct fundraising experience with a proven track record of success in the cultivation, solicitation, and closing of gifts preferably in an academic/higher education or in business development in the private sector Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, to prioritize multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines, and actively deal with change and ambiguity. Professional attitude, diplomacy, and ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and alliances; collaborates with others to reach objectives in a team environment. Ability to quickly establish credibility and gain the respect of both internal and external partners; achieves a high level of trust in relationships. Demonstrates discretion and judgment in decisions concerning the sharing of privileged information. Results-driven, a self-starter with ability to analyze successes and failures to take corrective action. Client-focused, with strong skills in listening, negotiating, planning, organizing, priority setting, analyzing, and problem-solving. Demonstrated ability to work in a PC environment, using MS Office, and client-server database software. English, spoken and written; French, spoken.

Reference Number:


Reporting To:

Director, Development

Salary Range:

(Grade 04) $50,800 - $63,500 (midpoint) $82,600


University Advancement

Position Type:


Hours Per Week:


How To Apply:


Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to University Advancement at


The deadline to apply for this position is May 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM.


*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*


We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, University Advancement will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

McGill applicants, covered by the McGill Non-Unionized, Non-Academic Personnel Policies and Procedures, must apply to a regular M and Excluded position within ten (10) working days of the date of publication to maintain internal priority.

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) at or 514-398-1660.

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